NO left behind children

An Erasmus+ project that aims to develop new educational methods for migrant parents and parental educators and to encourage parents and children that are “left behind” to build continuous substantial communication through the use of technology. 

 

Grant Agreement Number: 2020-1-RO01-KA204-080332

Funded by: Erasmus+        Duration: 20/10/2020 – 19/10/2022


Challenge

Recent figures show that one third of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe are children. Equally many children are “left behind”. The phrase “children left behind” often refers to “children raised in their home countries or in their countries of habitual residence, who have been left behind by adult migrants responsible for them”. One or both parents may leave these children with family members, friends, the wider community, a childcare institution or on their own in order to find work, continue their studies or seek a better life. This circumstance affects a child’s development, financial situation and opportunities from a detrimental to a beneficial level – depending on political decisions. However, policies concerning whether and how children are “left behind” – including migration management and labour migration policies – often ignore the impact on children and their relation to the migrant parent. The link between child well-being, labour and migration policies needs to be clearly established in order to ensure that these children can reach their full potential.

 

Innovation

“NO left behind children” project focuses on developing new educational methods for migrant parents and parental educators and on stimulating the relation between parents and children through the use of technology. The ultimate goal is to help them build continuous and substantial communication.

Action

This action includes a set of 15 training methods. The main priority of the course is to extend and develop the competencies of parental educators and other personnel that support adult learners. In particular, case managers, teachers, healthcare providers, and caregivers can all be trained to provide emotional and psychological support and ensure “left-behind” children are receiving supportive services. Capacity-building is essential for these professionals, considering their role in facilitating communication within families – especially regarding children’s performance in school, their social skills development, as well as their general behaviour.

An online platform with evidence-based parenting education that aims to increase public understanding of parenting and child development and facilitate the interaction between parents and children by creating community. It also aims to collaborate with existing projects addressing “left behind” children in order to stimulate new projects in the field of education for migrant parents.

A digital application that connects parents and children through a gamified component: daily activities and a system based on challenges, badges, and rewards. The app allows them to connect and send updates regarding their daily activities. “KEEP IN TOUCH” was created on the basis that both parents and children are users of technology and its purpose is to benefit their relationship regardless of communication through WhatsApp, Facetime, Skype etc.

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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
Inercia Digital (Spain)
Promipresa (Italy)
Synthesis (Cyprus)
Previform (Portugal)
Noi Re-Cream Association – project coordinator  (Romania)

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